collapse

* Member Info

 
 
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

* Like Us on Facebook

I can't live in the north, you know I ain't got sufficient clothes. ...Ah Yank but they sell clothes up there, you know - Sonny Boy Williamson's informatory comment on Up North Blues

Author Topic: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics  (Read 19945 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline LucyStag

  • Member
  • Posts: 30
  • Howdy!
Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #60 on: July 14, 2013, 06:03:52 PM »
I shamefully violate genre and play punk rock, too. Dunno if y'all would run me out of town.

Personally I don't know what genres mean except as marketing devices and like all my music as street-oriented, DIY, and punk as possible. I'd rather listen to crusties picking these old songs on the street and making new lyrics than some reverential virtuosic recreation in a rich man's concert hall. Probably that's a minority view here but the range of tastes and opinions seems broad and folks are very helpful and friendly. Hang out awhile!

Yeah. I dig ya in style. My musical progression went from Alision Krause as a seven year old, to rock, to folk, to punk, and then my love of punk brought me to Old Crow Medicine Show, and then there was my road to string bands and country blues and old time. I'll offer up a link when I introduce myself properly, which I should.

Hi!

Offline Johnm

  • Global Moderator
  • Member
  • Posts: 10840
    • johnmillerguitar.com
Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #61 on: December 17, 2013, 03:47:33 PM »
Hi all,
It turned out that there were five different lyric threads devoted to Memphis Jug Band songs, making them a good candidate for a merged lyric thread.  Here it is.
All best,
Johnm

Offline slezakjosef

  • Member
  • Posts: 11
  • Howdy!
THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND - You Got Me Rollin
« Reply #62 on: February 24, 2015, 07:14:21 PM »
Hello,
please do you guys have lyrics of this song?
I've done research on this forum and internet but can't find anything.
It's hard to understand the song from the recording.

Josef

Offline joebanjo

  • Member
  • Posts: 30
  • @oldtimebanjoe
    • Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons' homepage
Re: THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND - You Got Me Rollin
« Reply #63 on: February 24, 2015, 11:45:16 PM »
Here is my transcription, I welcome corrections anyone can provide:

"You Got Me Rollin"
Memphis Jug Band

You got me rollin mama, I don?t know how come
You want me to roll from sun to sun.
You got me rollin mama, I don?t know how come
You must want me to roll from sun to sun.

I rolled in the summer, I rolled all fall
Winter is here you don?t want no rollin at all.
I rolled in the summer, and I rolled all fall
Now winter is here you don?t want no rollin at all.

If I had strings and a carpet sack?
I know by that I would get my baby back
If I had strings and a carpet sack?
I would know by that I could get my baby back.

Squeeze me til I get as little as a gnat,
Mama, then I?ll bite like a cat.
Squeeze me til I get as little as a gnat,
Squeeze me baby, til I bite like a cat.

Offline slezakjosef

  • Member
  • Posts: 11
  • Howdy!
Re: THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND - You Got Me Rollin
« Reply #64 on: February 26, 2015, 07:29:57 PM »
That's great!
Thank you very much Joe!

Offline creaminjaysquawkins

  • Member
  • Posts: 5
Re: THE MEMPHIS JUG BAND - You Got Me Rollin
« Reply #65 on: February 27, 2015, 04:42:54 AM »
Stanza 3, verses 1 & 3:  from memory "springs and a corset back", surely?  Not that I have any great faith in my memory these days. 

Offline Suzy T

  • Member
  • Posts: 156
  • Howdy!
Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics - Memphis Jug Blues
« Reply #66 on: August 11, 2016, 12:07:30 PM »
This is the hardest song to make out the lyrics! The instrumental intro is just wonderful. The singing too, with the different voices running on a parallel track. When I look on the web, what I read doesn't bear that much resemblance to what I hear.  I'd be curious to know what other people hear. Here is a link to a Youtube:  The following is as far as I've gotten with this (not very):

Memphis Jug Blues

Eh Drop drop down mama like the showers of rain
Eh Drop drop down mama like the showers of rain
Boy every once in a while I think I hear my baby call my name
(yes boy what?d she say?)

And she got a man got a ?kid?????
????(Hey now)
He went and got so ?. Mama cannot keep it hid
(What kind of gal was that?)

??????(I said oh now sugar baby)
??like mine?  (hey now)
But every time she?.. behind (lordy lordy now)

I ain?t gonna do it no more
Woman ?my ..

Ah I ain?t gonna do it no more (sugar baby lord)
Ohhh, ain?t gonna do it no more (hey now)
Say if you did not want me mama why don?t you tell me so  (lord lord lord)

Hey I stuck with you mama when you did not have no man at all (I said oh now sugar baby)
I stuck with you baby when you did not have no man at all (what?d you do boy?) (hey now)
Now baby you must want me, for to be your lowdown dog (what?d you tell her)

Oh, baby what?s the matter now (oh sugar baby)
Oh, mama what?s the matter now (hey now)
I said you trying to quit me, mama and you don?t know how (lordy lord lord)

I said you ever dream lucky boy Wake up cold in hand (I said oh now sugar mama)
You ever dream lucky, wake up cold in hand (hey now)
When you dream ?..about woman got another man (lordy lord lord)


Offline banjochris

  • Member
  • Posts: 2071
Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #67 on: August 11, 2016, 04:29:06 PM »
Suzy, here's what I'm hearing:

Eh Drop down drop down mama just like the showers of rain
Eh Drop down drop down mama like the showers of rain
Boy every once in a while I think I hear my baby call my name
(yes boy what?d she say?)

And she got a man on a man done got a kidman on a sheikin' kid
Hey man on a man done got a kidman on a sheikin' kid (other voice says fakin')
(hey now)
Kid man done got so buggy lord partner just won't keep it hid (other voice says can't)

(What kind of gal was that?)

Hey don't you wish your easy roller was little and cute like mine?
(other voice: Lord Lord, Lord, Lord, little and cute like mine)
(I say oh now, sugar baby)
Wish your easy roller, little and cute like mine?
(hey now)
But every time she walk, lord she reel and rocks behind.

Hey, I'm gonna do something for you baby, I ain't gonna do it no more
(I say oh now, sugar baby)
I do something for you baby, I ain't gonna do it no more
I'm gonna start another woman, let my good gal go
(lord lord lord)

Ah, I ain't gonna go tell you no more
(sugar baby lord)
Oh, I ain't gonna tell you no more,
(hey now)
Babe if you did not want me, mama why didn't you tell me so
(lordy lord lord)

And if I stuck with you mama, you did not have no man at all
(??? [can't make out second voice at beginning] if I say oh now sugar baby)
I stuck with you baby, you did not have no man at all
(what'd she do boy)
Now baby you must want me, for to be your lowdown dog.
(What'd you tell her)

Oh, baby what?s the matter now
(oh sugar baby lord)
Oh, mama what?s the matter now
(hey now)
Oh babe you trying to quit me, mama and you don?t know how
(lordy lord lord)

I said you ever dream lucky boy, wake up cold in hand
(I said oh now sugar mama)
You ever dream lucky, wake up cold in hand
(hey now)
When you ain't got a dollar, lord your woman got another man.
(lordy lord lord)

Chris

Offline Rivers

  • Tech Support
  • Member
  • Posts: 6942
  • I like chicken pie
Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #68 on: August 11, 2016, 05:26:17 PM »
And there's another occurrence of that interesting old lyric archetype that loosely goes "did you ever dream lucky and wake up cold in hand" which we have discussed on and off over a long period of time. Searching the site using google yields:

Barbecue Bob - Barbecue Blues
Tommy Johnson - Lonesome Home
Kid Bailey - Rowdy Blues
William Harris - Bullfrog Blues
Bo Weavil Jackson - Some Scream High Yellow
and now...
Memphis Jug Band - Memphis Jug Blues

"Cold in hand" also appears in several songs without the "dream lucky"

You've got to wonder who coined it. I need to work it into my everyday musical conversation, practising various deliveries. I'm thinking Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry style might work.

Offline Suzy T

  • Member
  • Posts: 156
  • Howdy!
Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #69 on: August 15, 2016, 08:48:20 AM »
Thank you Chris, This all makes a lot of sense (at least, as much sense as any MJB song ever does!)

Offline Chezztone

  • Member
  • Posts: 296
  • Hey!
    • Steve Cheseborough 1920s-30s-style blues
Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #70 on: August 15, 2016, 01:16:12 PM »
I always thought it was:

She got a man on her man, got a kid man on her stinkin kid

In other words, she has a husband and a boyfriend and an outside man on each one of them!

Offline banjochris

  • Member
  • Posts: 2071
Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #71 on: August 15, 2016, 06:49:31 PM »
It sure sounds like sheikin' to me. The use of "fakin'" by the second singer leads me to think it's being used as a euphemism for the f-word.

That said, I agree with you about what the verse is about!

Offline frankie

  • Member
  • Posts: 2441
    • DoneGone.net
Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #72 on: August 15, 2016, 07:58:29 PM »
I agree with Chris on "sheikin'" - that's definitely what it sounds like to me and neither suggestion seems to change the overall sense of the line.

I do hear one line a little different...  minor..

Kid man done got so buggy lord partner just won't keep it hid (other voice says can't)

Kid man done got so BUGGISH lord partner just won't keep it hid

Offline banjochris

  • Member
  • Posts: 2071
Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #73 on: August 15, 2016, 08:01:43 PM »
Could very well be buggish. I believe Sleepy John sings buggish. That last line was hard for me to get exactly because of the second voice.

Offline arlotone

  • Member
  • Posts: 99
    • arlotone.com
Re: Memphis Jug Band's "Bottle Up and Go"
« Reply #74 on: November 10, 2016, 04:41:48 PM »
I was just learning this song and found banjochris's transcription above very helpful!

What was referred to as the "alternate take" above was actually recorded in a different session, in 1932, released as the Picaninny Jug Band, and apparently reissued from an inferior quality record. The higher-fidelity version is from 1934 and has some different personnel, but Charlie Burse sings lead on both.

One small contribution I can offer is that the third verse from the 1932 version is "I'm telling everybody in my neighborhood / I can't quit this girl 'cause she treats me good," or something close to that. Burse sings something similar in the 1934 version of "Take Your Fingers Off It," along with verses about "wouldn't say yes but I can't say no" and "getting loose."

 


anything
SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2020, SimplePortal